HELL YEAH !
I so wanted to be there welcoming the players and wishing them good luck. My smiling face was doing just that the first game of spring training last season and look how far the Rockies went…I’m just say’n 🙂
The Hotstove.com has been sending out questions to Rockies Bloggers and they’ve been posting my responses along with several other Rockies Bloggers.
Here’s the question from Feb 24, 2010:
If free agent infielder Felipe Lopez can be had for a bargain price, should the Rockies consider bringing him in to give Clint Barmes some competition at second base?
The other question was from today and it was:
The Rockies have been notoriously slow starters in the past few seasons, often digging a deep hole for themselves in April. Is it the cold weather in Colorado, or something else that keeps the team from performing well early in the season?
Answering questions about the Rockies is fun in anticipation of the regular season but thank god for basketball, it fulfulls my need to watch live sports and take pictures in the baseball off-season and doesn’t break the bank(Thanks B).
In a month we’ll be watching the Rockies play the Mariners. I have several goals for those two special games.
You ask why is it a special game? Honestly I’m not sure but the ticket prices suggest something special so when I figure out exactly what it is that justifies the extremely high cost of tickets for these two games I’ll let you know. (The cheapest ticket is $25.00)
First I’d like to get Ken Griffey Jr’s autograph(Yeah I know who wouldn’t). It’s doubtful he’d sign for me dressed up in my Rockies gear but my wife Krista will be with me and that levels the playing field.
Second I’d like to catch a batting practice homer and/or possibly a game foul ball.
Third, I’d like to get Jason Giambi’s autograph. Yes I know I have all season to do that but I figure I’d get ‘er done early and that’s one less thing to do.
By the way if you’re attending this game and would like to trade your BERM tickets for tickets in section 120 give me a shout.
I attended the Nuggets/Pistons game on Feb 26th with my buddy Tom and Vanilla Ice was the half-time show. This is the second time I’ve seen Vanilla Ice at the Pepsi Center as he did the same thing last season.
I’m not a fan, the video was shot only for future laughs.
This is a No-No, c’mon dude this was a good game.
George Karl, being a trooper and working through his illness.
If you’ve ever wondered why they call Chris Anderson “The Birdman” here’s why.
The Nuggets beat the Pistons 107-102.
Next weekend is Frozen Dead Guy Days in my town of Nederland, Colorado.
I plan to do a huge entry with pictures on FDGD explaining exactly what it is so you’ll have to check back to read it.
The games have begun, and I’m ready for some fun in the sun.
D..The Rockpile Ranter
Getting back there isn’t an exact science for me yet, and tonight’s experiment was a flop.
It was painful to watch the Nuggets defense (or lack of it) last season, that’s how it felt this evening watching the Golden State Warriors.
I figured the Nuggets had this game going into it, especially at home.
It was my first time.
They bust out a ladder and some poor b’sturd has to climb up and try to fix it while the whole arena is watching, and waiting.
Did I mention the that everyone is watching?
All those eyes.
People like to stare in these situations. It’s like a car accident.
Do you think this dude has special non-slip shoes on for just such an occasion?
In times like this, cut the guy a break and bring out the cheerleaders.
Only they could take the crowd’s focus off of this dude.
With the game paused, the players and crowd start to get restless.
For a moment, the entire world is on hold.
Talk about pressure.
The suicide rate for these guys is scary, the NBA really should do something to help these people.
At least he can’t see the stares. He can only feel them.
This man is one of the NBA’s unsung heros.
Linas Kleiza was played just over 27 minutes and scored 6 points. He went 0-4 from the three-point range. However, he did make this shot.
Did I mention that the Denver Nugget Cheerleaders are insane? Just check out this picture of bodies flying everywhere . Again, you can click to expand.
Just before the half, K-Mart took an ugly spill as he was going in for a layup. C.J Watson bumped him and he fell to the floor hard, landing on his right side, I cringed.
Kenyon looked like he was done for, and I was thinking “Oh man, not again”.
Then all of a sudden he jumped up like nothing happened, and was back in the game. Let me tell you, the dude hit the floor hard. Props to you K-Mart, better ice that thing.
Nene had 11 points and was 5-6 from field-goal range.
A bad picture of Invesco Field at Mile High
I’m Don the Rockpile Ranter, and I’m just happy you stopped by…The Blogtalkradio is something I’m experimenting with for possible use at Spring Training…D
Hope you all had a great T-Day. Mine was superb.
Thank you all for the kind comments. The bloggers who habitate this sphere really are the salt of the earth. I’m sorry I wasn’t able to shoot a comment back to everyone, I did try.
Hornets vs Nuggets
15,563 people decided to be:
“L-TryptoFans” and showed up to “The Can”, despite the urge to take a nice long nap on the couch.
Chucky Atkins about to get hit in the head with a basketball during practice.
If you look hard you might see Nene in the background.
Below you see the official game of “Here we go round the Mulberry bush” played before the start of every Nuggets game. You can’t argue tradition.
JR Smith was a freggin madman last night. I had the feeling he was out there trying to prove something to George Karl.
Remember, according to Allen Iverson,
Especially when it comes to JR Smith, they have some history.
Nice job JR, this dude can ball.
Do us a favor though, set your alarm clock 30 minutes earlier, and that should take care of it.
Want to know why they call Chris Andersen “The Birdman”? Picture the basketball net as his nest.
K-Mart came out before the game started and wished everyone a Happy Thanksgiving.
K-Mart only scored 6 points with 6 rebounds.
I think he is the new leader of the Nuggets.
Former Denver Mayor, Wellington Webb showed up to give the Nuggets some love.
First time I’ve ever seen this guy in person, he’s a big dude.
Chauncey Billups seemed a tad off this game (Too much turkey)?
He missed a crucial 3 pointer in the last quarter. He finished the game with 12 points, 5 assists and was 4 of 4 from the free-throw line. Just a little under his average.
The Nuggets are 9-3 since his arrival in Denver. It’s working, give it a little more time.
Chauncey, I bet it was nice to be back home in Colorado for Thanksgiving for a change, huh?
Carmello Anthony finished with 24 points, best game this dude has had in a while.
I used to be a huge Melo fan, but now,…not so much. I have my reasons.
I respect the man’s skills, but I do believe he has lost touch with his base.
I had several (11), opportunities to go backstage after the Nuggets games last season.
Not once in those eleven games did I see Melo walk backstage after a home game to sign autographs and embrace the fans who so patiently wait for him after each game.
It was freggin cold outside last night, those are some hardcore fans.
While I was walking past them, I saw the small family starting to get excited. They started shouting “Melo, Melo”, so I looked back and saw Melo’s car (by the way, sweet ride Melo).
He stopped at the stop sign, then peeled out. Leaving the three of them standing there sad, cold, and autograph-less. Other than me and the family, there was not another person in sight.
There was no danger. He could have taken the 30 seconds and made a families Thanksgiving day extremely memorable. Instead, he ignored them and sped away. I no longer want his autograph.
That’s all it takes, ten minutes after the game, before you split.
Stop by, make an appearance, then jet out the back door.
Everybody’s happy, and you did the right thing.
How hard is that?
How could you drive by that family and ignore them like that?
Have you no heart or feelings? Who inspired you as a kid?
Did your childhood idols ingore you, or sneak out the back to avoid you? How did that make you feel?
You need to take a step back and regroup. Realize exactly where you are, and HOW YOU GOT HERE.
Besides, you owe us for that dumbazz DUI thing you got yourself into the end of last season, remember?
I’ll give you one more chance man (because I’m cool like that), you need to show some DENVER FAN LOVE.
Give a little something besides money. You can’t deny what I said Melo, because I witnessed it first hand.
Chris Paul got his groove late in the game and led the Hornets scoring 22 points, 10 assists and 4 rebounds.
James Posey sealed the Nuggets fate hitting the go-ahead 3-point-shot with only 19.1 seconds left to clinch the win over the Nuggets 105-101.
Yea Posey, your my freggin hero, your plane’s ready, you ain’t gone yet? 🙂
Next game for me?
Sunday vs the Rockets.
I made an appearance at “The Can” last night to watch the Nuggets/Timberwolves game, along with 16721 other Macnuggets.
FACT: There are actually no Timberwolves fans in Colorado.
I ran into my buddy Jack and his friend from Summit County at the game. Jack is planning to head down to Tucson with me for Rockies Spring Training in February.
Chauncey Billups aka “Mr. Big Shot” scored 26 points. Those are the kind of numbers Allen Iverson and Melo used to put up.
Maybe now that Billups is in this lineup the points are getting spread around a little more?? It’s too early in the season to hit a slump Melo. You are the face of this team, unless you want Chauncey to be.
Big man Nene played 33 minutes and produced 12 points. JR Smith scored 14 points in 24 minutes. It was cool to see JR stepping-up a liittle, he’s been looking for his groove in all the wrong places so far this season.
I didn’t run into Jazz the Clown this game.
I’m not sure if he’s a season ticket holder or what.
Jazz, if you read this, send me an email.
This dude has got to have a story.
Here is a shot of the Elvis Cop in his usual stance. Rocky likes to torment this guy.
Clint Hurdle’s face on the big screen last night.
His mug popped up in the forth quarter to get the fans pumped up.
Damn Clint, not so close.
That’s how you end a game. Props to you JR !
Nobody is saying for sure who the Rockies might get in exchange for Holliday as the Rockies have only reached a tentative agreement with the A’s.
Some of the names mentioned are reliever Huston Street, lefty Greg Smith and outfielder Carlos Gonzalez.
That is all I’ve heard right now..I don’t think this trade was as much for getting someone, as it was to avoid paying Holliday his 13.5 million due on his contract for the upcoming season.
Nuggets vs Grizzlies
I went to the Denver Nuggets game last night with Krista and Hunter. I’m not going to do a huge game recap because it just wasn’t all that exciting.
At least the game part.
The Nuggets get the win over the Grizzlies 100-90.
Here’s the deal, the game up until the end was way closer than it should have been. Chauncey Billups put up 16 points which is great, but he was 2 of 13 from field goal range and 2 of 6 from three-point range.
At least he was nailing his foul shots.
Props again to Nene who shot 8 of 10 from field goal range for 18 points. Mello was Mello. We didn’t get backstage this game.
14,359 people attended this snoozer.
I will tell you I was lucky enough to snag something.
One of the promotions during the commercial breaks is the Parachute drop.
It’s just a T-Shirt rolled up into a tube.
I finally freggin caught one.
I’ve been trying for years.
It’s not that I suck that bad, I just don’t usually sit on the first level. That’s my story.
Catching that shirt was at least the equivalent of snagging a live foul ball don’t you think?
I didn’t say home run ball, I just said foul ball.
Here’s what the T-Shirt looks like unrolled.
I’m not sure what I got all excited about. It’s never going to fit.
Now that I think about it, they should just toss an un-wrinkled T-Shirt down from the rafters with out a parachute.
It’s not like it would hurt anyone.
I mean, would you just look at the wrinkles in this shirt.
I finally saw Referee Violet Palmer. the first ever female NBA Referee.
#12 Violet Palmer.
On April 26, 2006 she was the first woman to officiate a major men’s sport at the top professional level. It was a Pacer vs Nets game.
I can’t give her all the credit, but if you watched this game you had to notice the officiating was horrible.
Violet was one of the referees working on December 19,2006. There was a brawl that evening between the Nuggets and the Knicks.
All ten players that were on the floor were ejected.
Some call her inconsistent, she does have her critics, but who doesn’t.
While I was sitting in my seat, my wife pointed out an odd fella wearing a Nuggets Jersey.
Can you spot him?
Meet Jazz the Clown.
Say what you want, but I like this guy.
First off, anyone with balls enough to wear that outfit in public is ok with me.
But to top it off, he’s sporting a JR Smith jersey and he’s at the game with his son. That’s cool.
It’s like the Nuggets version of Homie the Clown and I love it.
Can I just say…
Jazz you Rock Man !
I’d like to hear more on details on Matt Holliday’s departure.
It’s kind of sad, but we all knew it was coming.
Do you think they’ll spend his money on another big hitter?…I don’t.
What do you think is on Matt’s mind right now?
The same thing that has always been on his mind.
11/8/08 This Blog entry can also be viewed at: RPR Bleacher Report , check it out.
He single-handedly renewed my interest in Nuggets basketball. I respect Allen Iverson for a lot of reasons, the main two being his heart and his height.
Iverson is the same size as me. There have been a lot of great players under six foot tall, but every time I see Iverson on the court I’m reminded that anyone can get off to a bad start in their life
and turn it around. I’m also reminded that a players height is not near as much a factor as heart is.
At the time Iverson arrived in Denver he was “The Answer” to Denvers questions.
The Nuggets needed him, Denver needed him and believe it or not, Mello needed him.
At the time, I didn’t know it would be his last foul shot. I guess I just got lucky.
Chauncey is a Colorado native. He attended George Washington High School in Denver Colorado, and played College ball at the University of Colorado.
That same year Billups won the 2004 NBA Finals MVP award averaging 21 points and 5.2 assists per game.
Ok the history lesson is done. Originally I was a little unsettled with this trade. But, the more I think about it, the more I like the change up. My main complaint after watching the first game live was that nothing seemed different.
That’s not the case anymore. I kept thinking to myself, if Chauncey can pull his 12 points a game (or more), and JR Smith, Nene, Anthony Carter can step it up a few notches . This really could work.
Friday night was the test.
Dallas Mavericks vs the Denver Nuggets Pepsi Arena, Denver
Aluminum cans don’t really burn, and that’s a good thing because the crowd inside “The Can” last night were lit up. They were excited about seeing former Nugget,Chauncey Billups return to Denver and showed it by giving him a rousing ovation.
Good move Chauncey. Can’t go wrong with Elway in Denver.
There was also a video tribute to him with fans and Alumni welcoming him back at the end of the first quarter. That was a nice touch.
The Nuggets got off to a slow start, Billups missed his first three-point attempt, but made his first two pointer. Carmello Anthony seemed frazzled missing one jump shot after another.
(I’ve been there, I’ve got the T-Shirt. I didn’t do the minnow shot, that’s nasty)—–>
By halftime, the the Nuggets were down by one with a score of 49-48.
Chauncey was 1 of 7 with five points. The Nuggets had given up 14 offensive rebounds.
Nene provided 13 points and I can’t tell you how cool it was to see this big guy finally penetrating, doing his thing, and putting up some numbers.
Linus Kleiza “”the L train” (that’s a dumb nickname, he could do a lot better), was impressive with his 10 points off the bench. I sure wish the “train” was a little more predictable. Too bad nothing rhymes with Kleiza.
It seemed the Nuggets had no focus, there were a LOT of missed opportunities.
I was thinking to myself, it’s ok, the Nuggets are just learning how to adjust to their new teammate, and he to them. I was anxious and needed to see that pure point guard magic from Billlups that the Nuggets so desperately need.
Nuggets started to groove in the second half, Anthony came alive scoring 20 points, and hitting four free throws in the final seconds.
Here’s a Comment from Chauncey Billups after the game about Carmello, “Mello, of course, is pretty much unstoppable, We’ve got a lot of weapons. I think if we can lock in and get everyone on the same page we can be dangerous.’
I call it gelling. But he’s right.
Billups finished the game with 15 points, 3 rebounds and 3 steals. Carmello scores 28, Nene finishes with an impressive 19 points and JR Smith hits 15. Impressive numbers for all of them.
Final Score Nuggets 108, Mavericks 105.
Props to Jason Kidd (seen here chillin in the bath).
You got to love this dude’s play. He finished the game with 22 points, 10 rebounds and 9 assists. He even made it interesting near the end.
Had he made his last free throw it would have tied the game and possibly went into overtime.
Sorry, better luck next time Kidd. Make sure you wash behind your ears !
The Pepsi Arena was sold out last night and I know what I saw. I was witnessing the beginnings of a new Denver Nuggets.
A team very much in its infancy, yet so packed full of talent, the big bang inevitable.
George Karl, you’ve got the pieces, now lets get this weapon assembled and aimed in the right direction as quickly as possible. You could use the career boost (it’s not like your second in command is a slouch) and Carmello could use the job security. Nobody remembers a loser.
Thank you Chauncey, all it took was some grits and determination from a good old fashioned point guard. Something Denver’s needed for a while now.
I realize this is a baseball blog format. But I’m bored and I need to blog about something, and this place is my home.
I had big plans to blog full time about the Nuggets this season.
It looks like that’s not going to happen. I can’t really disclose why at this time, but lets just say that it’s not a bad thing.
When I can officially say more I will. So I will do random Nugget blog entries here.
I had a chance to be at the home opener of the Denver Nuggets last night. It was against the LA Lakers and this was their forth game of the season. At this point in the season the Nuggets are 1-2.
Here is Carmello Anthony (who cut off his corn rows recently) , K-Mart, Linus Kleiza warming up. Each seat in the arena had a T-shirt on it. The shirts were gifts as this game was the Nuggets home opener. They were nice shirts too.
Next is a shot of the Cheerleaders during the first time out. Rockies should consider this addition. It would give us something to do instead of watch the pitcher scratches himself five times.
An Allen Iverson free throw attempt, he misses.
Later as AI redeems himself.
The Lakers having a little discussion.
All eyes on the basketball
Seconds after the final buzzer went off.
JR Smith seen here looking up at the final score. He played his butt off and scored 18 points, but it wasn’t enough.
Damn, that’s just what I wanted to see on my first Nuggets game of the year.
Another edition of Kobe schools Mello.
Mello can ball when he “wants” to, but Kobe makes Mello look like a chump on a regular basis.
Mello produced a disappointing 13 points. Allen Iverson was held to 13 points. Both of these dudes average 25 points a game normally.
K-Mart had 18 points and can be menacing when healthy. I like K-Mart but I need more from him. He needs to be a leader not a follower.
This is your time Kenyon, show us why we kept you around all these years. Give Denver something back.
Nene is big enough to crush dudes, but it seems like he prefers to ask them politely to move out of his way.
As I was leaving after the game I had the worst feeling of deja vu.
The Nuggets have a acquired a few new faces this season, but I didn’t see anything new on the court. It felt like a continuation of last season.
The next home games are Friday and Sunday. I’ll be there Sunday with the kids.